PHI 20 , NYG 0 – 2nd Half

Posted: October 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 607 Comments »

Glorious.

We’ve waited for this all year. The Eagles played a great 1st half. The only legitimate complaint you can have is with Foles INT late in the half. That was a terrible decision and it likely cost the Eagles 3, if not 7 points. Hopefully that won’t be an issue.

This game has been total domination, especially along the line of scrimmage. Eli has no time to throw and the RBs have no room to run. The Eagles are starting the same OL for the second straight game and they’re playing well. They are blocking for Foles and giving Shady room to run.

Expect more running in the 2nd half.

And hope the defense continues to play lights out.

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NYG at PHI – 1st Half

Posted: October 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 727 Comments »

Everybody ready? Long day, but I’m excited as heck for the game.

Inactive list is in. Nothing unusual.

QB Matt Barkley
RB Chris Polk
WR Brad Smith
OL Jason Kelce
OL Dennis Kelly
DE Taylor Hart
ILB Mychal Kendricks

How about some predictions?

LeSean McCoy runs for a TD

Zach Ertz has a good game

No vibes as far as the defense.

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Gameday

Posted: October 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 364 Comments »

Dallas trails Seattle 10-0. Let’s hope they trail by a lot more by the time that game is over. And Tony Romo has already taken one huge hit.

The Packers struggled to win at Miami.

The Panthers are in OT in Cincy. Their “juggernaut” defense has given up 24 or more points in 4 straight games and 37 or more in 3 of those 4 games. Yikes.

The NFC is not playing great football right now.

The Skins are playing the Cardinals. It actually might be in the Eagles best interest to cheer for the Skins since they look bad and the Cards are a playoff contender, but I can’t do it. Go Cards.

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Into the Wild

Posted: October 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 257 Comments »

I hate the Dallas Cowboys. That is the Eagles biggest rival in my mind. But there is something special about the Eagles and Giants. My preview for PE.com covers some of the strange things that have happened over the years. The craziest, which I’d forgotten about, might be the fact that Vince Young beat the Giants in 2011. Did that really happen?

I’m sure something memorable will happen. Hopefully good.

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As I wrote about in the preview, it looked to me like Eli had a clean pocket and tons of time last week. That will not be the case on Sunday night. Bill Davis will blitz and do whatever it takes to get some pressure. That doesn’t mean the Eagles will have a bunch of sacks. Eli is masterful at getting rid of the ball at the last minute to avoid the sack.

I do think the Eagles will pressure him.

The OLBs were good last week. Another showing like that would be a huge help on Sunday night. Fletcher Cox was a bit quiet against the Rams. He needs to have more impact this week.

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Leads and deficits won’t scare anyone. Last week the Giants trailed 20-10 in the 2nd half. They won 30-20.

Last season the Eagles led 19-7 at halftime of the first game. The Giants then led 21-19. The Eagles ended up winning 36-21.

These games have a tendency to be full of major momentum swings. A good quarter or even a good half isn’t going to win the game. When the Eagles and Giants get together, the game is usually decided in the 4th quarter, often late in the 4th quarter.

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Is this the week Shady has his breakout game?

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Chris Polk will miss this game with a hamstring problem. He missed some time earlier in the year. At a certain point the Eagles have to wonder if the hamstring will be an issue all year long. If so, Polk may need to go to IR. Barner knows the offense and has the skill set to fit in. He also can help in the KOR game if needed.

We all want Polk, but a #3 RB that can’t stay healthy isn’t a good thing.

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Getting Ready for the Giants

Posted: October 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 100 Comments »

Big game on Sunday night. The heroic Eagles host the evil Giants. At stake…control of the free world, or at least first place in the NFC East. The Eagles are 4-1 while the Giants are 3-2. Dallas will be playing at Seattle. In a fantasy world. the Eagles will win and the Boys will lose. That would put the Eagles a game up on the Boys and 2 games up on the G-men.

I wrote a piece for BGN on how the Eagles run game showed signs of life last week. We need to really see Shady and the ground game get loose (lots of yards, big plays, TDs) to fully buy in to the idea that things are where they need to be. Still, it felt really good to re-watch the Rams game and see the positive signs.

The real key is the OL. If those guys develop some chemistry and get some confidence, that will help the backs to feel more comfortable running behind them. If you think there won’t be any holes before the play even starts, that is going to affect the way you run.

The Giants are 10th in the NFL in run defense so this will be a good test for Shady and his blockers. A big game on Sunday night would be a great sign for the return of the run game.

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The Giants made a big change in the offseason when they brought in Ben McAdoo to install his version of the West Coast Offense (think Packers). Peter King wrote a good piece on the Giants and their change.

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The great Fran Duffy did his All-22 preview of the Giants.  Great stuff, as always.

The Giants have already played several 3-4 defenses this year so they will be ready for the creative looks and exotic ideas. The key will be execution and simply beating the man across from you. That’s the way it should be when the Eagles and Giants get together.

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We need Ryans. Casey Matthews is coming off his best game, but you don’t want him and Emmanuel Acho as your starting ILBs for a big game.

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